Helm, Ruby and Sand: We Discuss Netflix’ Sandman episodes 1-5

Brian and Sam enter the Dreaming to discuss the first five episodes of the Netflix show Sandman, based on the comic written by Neil Gaiman.  Setting the tale in a dream world gives Gaiman a great deal of freedom in writing. We discuss Gaiman’s brand of storytelling in relation to other Christian writers as well as the Bible, and also the value of being able to write your story into the story of Christ. We also discuss some parallels between Morpheus’ story and Jesus’. Plus, Brian’s garden is formidable, Sam finds Cain and Abel charming, and yes Morpheus is based a little bit on The Cure’s Robert Smith.

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Jane the Worthy: Revisiting Jason Aaron’s “Thor” Arc

In this episode (welcome to season 6 by the way) Sam and Brian revisit Thor: Love and Thunder, this time focusing on the character of Jane Foster. We both felt the film left a lot on the table regarding Jane and her worthiness to be Thor, and a dive into Jason Aaron’s Thor series reveals so much more about her struggles with faith and ultimately her worthiness. She serves as a great counterpoint to both Gorr the God-butcher and Thor Odinson. Even if you’re not a big Thor reader, this comic is well worth your time. Plus we talk about resonances with the story of Jesus, and Brian still questions why Sam hasn’t watched The Umbrella Academy.

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Off The Shelf: New Mutants #25, “Best Laid Plans…”

Review by: Samuel Blair

Hello and welcome to this episode of Church of the Geek: Off the Shelf, our periodic review of new comics. Today I’m reviewing New Mutants #25, “Best Laid Plans…”, written by Vita Ayala, art by Rod Reis and Jan Duursema, color by Ruth Redmond and lettering by Travis Lanham.

Illyana Rasputin has been through some things, but then again so has Madelyne Prior. Madelyne, if you remember, is the clone of Jean Grey created by Mr Sinister who just happened to come life as the real Jean died on the moon and tried to take over the world as the demonic Goblin Queen of Limbo. Illyana, also known by the name Magik, later was tied to the realm of Limbo as its reluctant ruler after the defeat of Madelyne. There is a whole lot more to the history of these two, but as hard as I tried to distill their complicated timelines into a few sentences I found I just couldn’t do it. Suffice it to say that both have seen some tremendous trauma in their lives, including kidnapping, abandonment, betrayal and death, never mind the whole “regent of hell” part.

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Off The Shelf: Sam reviews Step By Bloody Step


Step by Bloody Step #1-3
Story by Si Spurrier, art by Matias Bergara and Matheus Lopes

Reviewed by Samuel Blair

Step By Bloody Step is a challenge. It’s not only a challenge to read, it’s a challenge to the comics world overall. This wordless drama is a real masterpiece, leaving you often in the same emotional space as the female protagonist: confused, awestruck and ever curious.

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Off The Shelf: Brian reviews Dark Horse Comics’ Daisy #1-5

Brian reviews the 5-issue series Daisy, written and illustrated by Colin Lorimer, colors by Joana Lafuente, and lettering by Jim Campbell, published by Dark Horse. He discusses its relationship to the apocryphal Book of Enoch, especially the mythology of the Nephilim, and the horror of inescapable guilt. Can one be faithful and guilty at the same time?

Interview with Colin Lorimer at AIPT Comics:

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